CMAs 2013 rewind: The top performances
November 7th, 2013
10:44 AM ET

CMAs 2013 rewind: The top performances

Country legend George Strait was a big winner at Wednesday's Country Music Association Awards, but the ceremony itself didn't play it so, well, straight.

Known as country music's biggest night, the CMAs filled its three hours with sets from Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and co-host Carrie Underwood, who performed a medley of four of her No. 1 hits:

There was also a strong showing from best new artist winner - and one of the night's biggest nominees - Kacey Musgraves:

Blake Shelton and wife Miranda Lambert were yet again the CMAs power couple, as they won awards for best male and female vocalist. They both showed exactly why they landed the honors with performances of "Mine Would Be You" and "We Were Us":

The 2013 winners of vocal group of the year, Little Big Town, turned in a performance of "Sober":

And the night's Pinnacle Award winner, Taylor Swift, upped the ante with a star-filled troupe of singers, from Vince Gill to Alison Krauss, for a special rendition of "Red":

But our favorite performance of the night came from the Zac Brown Band, who shook up expectations with a set that included venerated rocker Dave Grohl:


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  7. Percussion bass, keyboards

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    November 7, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Excellent

      Do you read music? How long does it take too memorize sheet music? I'm 50 now I have the speed but you appear younger. How do you count...with your foot, hand, clapping...how do you get the beat going. are you in a recording studio? Where are your gigs...do you hold the drumsticks like stuart koplan does or do you hold the sticks like
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    • Gollum

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    • Ok..

      How does Mickey Dolenz hold his sticks?

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    How many beats are required for "jump"- just curious too see if we are on the same level of drums.

    What's the count 2 beats per second, 5 beats per second?....I can't remember.

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  9. I do play drums so I can relate

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    • By the curt

      you appear too be smarter the universe.......I know a musicians they are fun people.....if you do play ...what do you play? percussion? what kind of music.

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    they are smart people.

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